Brewed by Brouwerij Kerkom
Style: Belgian Ale
Sint-Truiden, Belgium


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Disclaimer: Untill 2000 the precedor of Dikkenek Grand Cru was brewed by Affligem BDS. It was entitled "Dikkenek" and is as such in the database. From 2005 onwards Dikkenek is brewed by Kerkom with bottle conditioning and released as "Dikkenek Grand Cru".

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (10998) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2009
clear amber, small white head. faint fruty, sweet dry fruity. aroma. flavor is sweet, fruity, dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2009
Cloudy golden with a huge beige head. Spicy aroma with toasted malt, caramel and mushroom notes. Flavour was sweet with overripe fruits, hops, malt and caramel notes. Finished sweet. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2009
Bottled. An amber beer with an off-white head. The aroma is sweet with notes of spices, malt, caramel, and fruit. The flavor is very sweet with notes of spices, malt, caramel, and alcohol, leading to a dry alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (6003) - ITALY - MAY 24, 2009
ambrata schiuma buona un po grossolana non molto persitente note fruttate speziate media intensità invitanti in bocca perde un po si sente un po l’etilico il corpo non è ampio le spezie tornano nel finale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 18, 2009
75cl, exclusive brew with juniper berries, from Willems Grobbendonk, complex brew, not balanced, hazy, good head, nice brew

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 9, 2009
(Bottled, 0.75l) Hazy red-amber with a tanned, tight and fluffy, lasting head. Aroma of neutral, caramely malt and some earthy tartness. Neutral, caramely-malty flavor with dried fruit and quite strong, herby juniper notes. Medium, slicky body with foamy, but soft carbonation. A well-balanced, easily drinkable, clean and nicely juniper-herby brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiP (13912) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2007
Bottle, 7.2%. Slight vegetable aroma, also a little sweet. Cloudy brown colour, small, tan, lacy head. The flavour also has a little veg and some rough hops. Yeasty aftertaste. There is some malt flavour, but not really great. Also not really great mouthfeel. Mellows out a bit as it warms, turning OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (15420) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2007
Synthetic modern cork
Hazy amber color. Mild aroma, the flavor is much stronger, with good caramel and strong bitterness. Straight but good Strong Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeinDahlem (1347) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 7, 2007
75 cL shared at Delirium with MiP and afatty. Semi-cloudy amber with a big, off-white head that faded fast. Interesting aroma, something like yeasty sweetbread and sweet tomato jam. Flavor is slightly sweet with light malts, caramel, spices, touch of bitterness. Somewhat thin and watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8120) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2007 Clear pink-amber beer, well and finely carbonated to huge and very dense off-white head. Seriously spicy nose - however... There’s wild fruit, and somehow, both in colour and nose, a slightly unripe pomegranate comes to mind. Pepper, coriander, and maybe some barkspice, but not... Bitter-spicy taste: the bitterness ending in a very sharp, purely wood-spice bitterness, with no hops detectable, maybe some bitter almonds and acorns. Again some fruitiness, however subject to the acute spicy overdraught. The sharp bitterness goes on long. Not really very full bodied, the ABV taken into account. There’s a thinness about it, that sits a bit uneasy with all the raw flavours.
This is the beer of the missed opportunity. What the disclaimer above fails to relate, is that the very first Dikkenek was not by Affligem BDS, but by brewery Martens; and, as Kerkom, they added juniperberries (the jeneverbes from the label). Unlike the Kerkom try, there it was very clearly tasteable, balanced by a jumble of sweet and dark malts - and good it was too, even when it was based on a bottom-fermenting beer. Here, alas, the spicyness is too undescript, and hence, less interesting. There’s the explanation for all triple stops above.

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